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Zephyr: Phase One Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 1320 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 20, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C3C4OZU
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Warren Hately lives with his children in Margaret River, Western Australia, where he works as a journalist and sub-editor. Previously, he has been a freelance travel writer, photographer and academic. He holds a doctorate in English and Comparative Literature for his dissertation The Discourse of Conflict, which reworked post-Foucauldian semiotics to examine the predominance of language-like models in the resolution of conflict (with the case study of the 1981 prison conflict in Northern Ireland). Warren also has an English with First Class Honours in post-structuralist theory and cultural studies specialising in the work of French philosopher Michel Foucault.

Since he was young, Warren has enjoyed languages and history and has studied French, Irish and Scots Gaelic, German and Icelandic. He has released music, including the album Indomitus, with death/black metal bands Sámain and The Silver Twilight. His ongoing doom metal project Daybreak can be found on Facebook. Warren also helped pioneer collaborative online fiction in the late 90s and maintains the fiction blog zephyr.warrenhately.com for Zephyr, a postmodern superhero tale inspired by the world of Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho. Zephyr is also published in six volumes and counting. In his spare time Warren occasionally blogs and is working on a graphic novel noir thriller set in 1970s South Armagh called Black Irish.

Warren's writing is influenced most strongly by the writers Bret Easton Ellis and Stieg Larsson: the former for his unique brand of transgressive fiction and satirical extended sentences; Larsson for his belief narrative fiction should represent how many members of society contribute to outcomes and not just the one defining central character. Other favourite fiction writers include Tim Powers, Thomas Harris, Peter Temple, Peter Corris, AA Attanasio, Cormac McCarthy, Greg Egan, Keith Taylor, Will Beall, Alan Moore and Grant Morrison.

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PO Box 1810,
Margaret River, WA 6285
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(e) wereviking @ hotmail.com
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Greg Mccubbin on December 28, 2014
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I collect super hero fiction like a kid with baseball cards. From the golden child of the canon, the Wild Card books, to the more standard staples like Just and Wearing the Cape all the way to fringier delights like Velveteen Vs and Liminal People I grab it when I find it and add it to my digital museum of four color prose. I found Zephyr through an anthology of short stories and the entry was enough to peak my curiosity. I scooped up the first three volumes and tucked them away. After a few months I found a lull in my reading schedule and decided to give it a shot.
Man, it blew my mind. Not only the real world cult of personality and fame culture Hately built up around supers but also the sheer magnificence of the ever so slightly altered world the story is told in and the balls it took to create it. Barack Obama as a Muslim peace ambassador uniting his faith and allying with America against Zionist terrorists? A mentally unhinged Sascha Baron Cohen who can only use his super powers in his Ali G persona? John Lennon as the worlds Dr. Doom? Yoko Ono as the corrupting demoness who made him that way? Tony Danza as the lead in Rocky? The are so many subtle yet brilliant liberties that Hately takes with reality that makes his world pop as a unique, fun, unpredictable sand box in which he hatches super human adventures on par with anything else on the market. I can't wait to devour the rest of the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Clyde on July 16, 2013
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This is an intriguing deconstruction of the superhero concept. Zephyr isn't Tony Stark or Peter Parker - a genius whose upbringing somehow "prepares" him to be a superhero. He's the one-in-a-million working class Everyman who does something stupid, but receives god-like superpowers instead of getting killed. In his (our) celebrity obsessed world, he's a rock star. But he's also trying to manage a secret identity as a husband and father. Much of the story illustrates the difficulty (and absurdity) of maintaining this lifestyle on a day-to-day basis. All this in a different but recognizable alternate universe makes for an enjoyable story that has me very interested in the sequel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keiran Jones on July 20, 2015
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Huge fan of this series, and the author's other works. I stumbled across this title when I was going through a 'superhero' reading phase. I'd read a lot of vaguely appropriate superhero novels and was feeling a bit jaded of the endlessly similar origin stories, forming of super groups, love triangles, the common tropes that pepper almost all the superhero fiction here. It reminded me of the old saturday morning cartoons of the Fantastic Four, when they were given a robot sidekick to make everything kid friendly. When Superman had a Superdog companion. Sigh.

And then I started to read Zephyr. Here is a brutally honest look at a superhero for a mature reader. A darkly humorous look at the strains and excesses of a hero who is past his prime. A massively flawed individual who often uses his powers to simply escape responsibilities and obligations in his life. Someone who uses his standing in society to revel in sordid excesses. The novel is also a tale of the hero's attempts to restructure his life, to reorient his priorities in life and accept his role in his family and in the larger society around him.

Zephyr is an excellent read, full of action scenes that are detailed enough to feel real, while depicting the reality breaking super-powered characters and fights. The pacing is perfect, really pushing into the 'can't put it down, just one more chapter' category. I often found myself laughing alternately at and with the protagonist through his escapades, a credit to the author's comedic ability and darkly humorous slant in this novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 24, 2013
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Pretty damned good. A super-"kinda hero", Zephyr is a powerhouse with the morals of an elk in rut and a pile of personal problems. The writing is tight and edited. Give it a try.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Green on April 1, 2013
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What if beneath the impervious exterior superheroes were really just ordinary humans? Humans with lives, loves, spouses and children they had to take care of? What if the people who fought off an alien menace still had to deal with mundane things in life? This is the essence of what Zephyr: Phase One is about.

Our "hero" is Zephyr, with super strength, a lightning fast metabolism, and the ability to control electricity. He's the hero everyone knows, but just like the band who gets one song played on the radio, that doesn't mean he's got it made. He has to coordinate with his publicist to do public appearances for income. He sells tips to a journalist for cash on the side. He works to form a supergroup for the marketing potential as much as to fight super-villains. He might soar above the crowd, but when nobody's looking he's down in the dirt like everyone else, living his life and trying to get by just like everyone else.

The story is intelligently written, in a style like Bret Easton Ellis. You'll find pop culture, designer clothes, celebrity cameos, and clever references all through the writing. The book was originally a series of stories posted online, so the pacing is fast and you won't get bogged down into a tale that drags on forever.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story. Zephyr might be a superhero, but he's still a marvelously flawed human. Read what it's like when the spotlight goes out and the superhero who just saved the day goes home to his family and has to deal with real life.
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